Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heads the weekly cabinet meeting in his offices in Jerusalem. Photo by Uriel Sinai
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he'll ask Israel's Supreme Court to defer next week's deadline for expelling Jewish settlers from five apartment buildings erected illegally in the West Bank.
He says the government is looking for "legal" ways to prevent the eviction.
The court has ruled that the buildings, which house 30 families, must be evacuated by Tuesday because they were built on privately owned Palestinian land.
It is not clear if the court would agree to a delay.
Netanyahu disclosed his plans in a set of rare interviews given to Israeli radio stations on the eve of Israel's Memorial Day, which begins Tuesday night.
Some members of Israel's ruling coalition have threatened to bolt the government if the buildings come down. -Sapa